Senior Associate, Global Ocean Legacy (Campaign)

Pew Overview:

The Pew Charitable Trusts is driven by the power of knowledge to solve today’s most challenging problems. Pew applies a rigorous, analytical approach to improve public policy, inform the public and stimulate civic life.

We are an independent nonprofit organization ; the sole beneficiary of seven individual trusts established between 1948 and 1979 by two sons and two daughters of Sun Oil Company founder Joseph N. Pew and his wife, Mary Anderson Pew.

Our work lays the foundation for effective policy solutions by informing and engaging citizens, linking diverse interests to pursue common cause and insisting on tangible results. Our projects encourage efficient, responsive governments ; at the local, state, national and international levels ; serving the best interests of the people. We partner with a diverse range of donors, public and private organizations and concerned citizens who share our interest in fact-based solutions and goal-driven investments to improve society.

With offices in Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Brussels and London and staff in other regions of the United States as well as Australia, Pew provides an exciting learning environment and the opportunity to work with highly talented individuals. We are a dynamic, rapidly evolving organization that values creativity and innovative thinking and fosters strong teamwork with mutual respect.


Pew aims to strengthen policies and practices in ways that produce significant and measurable protection for terrestrial and marine systems worldwide. Pew’s commitment to the environment began in 1974, when we first provided grants to regional conservancies, the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute and the International Oceanographic Foundation. Since then we have continued to work to advance scientific understanding of the causes and consequences of environmental problems along with their solutions; provide economic analysis of decisions affecting such issues; design innovative policy solutions to these problems; and mobilize public support for implementing these solutions.

Project Overview:

Global Ocean Legacy is a project of Pew which works to protect and conserve some of the Earth’s most important and unspoiled marine ecosystems through the establishment of very large, highly protected marine reserves.

Since 2005, Global Ocean Legacy has been instrumental in securing the full protection of almost 1.5 million square kilometres of the world’s most spectacular seascapes, including more than half of the highly protected no-take marine reserves now in place worldwide.

Our efforts, working with national and local governments, locally-based conservation organizations and indigenous people to help build public support for marine reserves, have led to the designation of the Papah?naumoku?kea Marine National Monument in Hawaii, the Mariana Trench Marine National Monument in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (US), the Chagos Marine Reserve (UK) in the Indian Oceanthe largest no-take marine reserve in the worldand the recent announcement by the Australian government of a half million square kilometer marine park in the Coral Sea.

Currently, project staff is working to achieve the designation of some of the largest potential marine reserves in the world in the Kermadec Islands, Easter Island, Bermuda, the Pitcairn Islands, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands, New Caledonia and French Polynesia.


Position Overview

The senior associate provides program support to the project director and managers for Global Ocean Legacy campaign. The position will report to the project’s director and is based in Washington, DC.

It is expected that this position is for a term period through June 30, 2017, with the possibility of an extension pending the success of the program, funding sources and board decisions on continued support.

Job Requirements

  • Assist the director in managing and carrying out the program’s campaigns through research, material development and outreach to scientists, policy makers and coalition partners.
  • Assist in the development and success of clear and focused strategies to meet identified campaign goals in all the various campaign sites.
  • Monitor, analyze and influence new scientific papers, press, regional management recommendations and government policies.
  • Carry out special projects such as planning for major political events, or helping to assess the viability of new campaigns sites.
  • Develop policy statements, papers and advice for the campaign. Review and provide comments on draft policy proposals, regulations and white papers to internal and external audiences as needed in a timely fashion.
  • Develop and maintain working relationships with decision makers, government officials and national and international institutions, as well as relevant nongovernmental organizations in the field.
  • Assist the director in creating internal and funder reports as well as background materials for partners.
  • Represent The Pew Charitable Trusts and the campaign at meetings and events where marine reserves policies will be discussed.
  • Assist in the development of outreach materials for the public, policy makers and media for our 10 active campaign sites.
  • Help develop a core group of scientists as advisors to the campaign.
  • Devise and execute dissemination strategies for campaign policy documents, such as journal submissions, policy briefings, conferences and hearings.


  • Bachelor’s degree is required, graduate degree in public affairs, public policy or environmental science preferred.
  • A minimum of five years of experience in the international conservation arena, with a particular focus on or familiarity with marine protected area policies. This includes campaigning for, designing and implementing marine protected programs and initiatives.
  • Ability to set short and long term planning goals in line with program strategy. A task-oriented style, with focus on achieving clear and ambitious goals. Demonstrated ability to meet multiple deadlines by maintaining a high level of organization. Ability to develop and move projects forward with a high degree of independence and autonomy.
  • Superior oral and written communications skills. Ability to synthesize material and to focus quickly on the essence of an issue and the means to address it. Confidence in presenting one’s own ideas and diplomatically persuading others as appropriate. Ability to communicate complex ideas for a general audience.
  • Strong interpersonal skills; ability to develop and manage productive relationships with consultants, partners and others who contribute to the development of a project by anticipating possible outcomes.
  • Ability to work productively with a wide array of individuals and institutions that frequently disagree with and are in competition with one another.
  • Excellent analytic and problem solving skills, and a results-oriented approach.
  • Seasoned judgment, ability to make decisions, justify recommendations and be responsive, clear and firm with colleagues and partners.


We offer a competitive salary and excellent benefits package.



It is anticipated that the individual in this position will be based at The Pew Charitable Trusts’ offices in Washington, DC and will need to do frequent international travel.

Pew is an equal opportunity employer.

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